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Lacewood, what do you think?

Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:53 pm
by 67guitar
Here is a guitar I built about 2 years ago from scratch, the top is Lacewood and a Spanish cedar back. Neck is mahogany with a blood wood fret board. I should have took pictures along the way to show various stages of completion but at the time I didn't think anyone would care. Anyway, here she is.....Image

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Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:30 pm
by colossal
Really nice! I like the soft, sculpted contours. Nice choice of woods too. Bet it sounds great.

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Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:55 pm
by Dr. Shrinker
Not care? I think it looks amazing. Would it be possible to get a closeup of the front?

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Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:46 pm
by 67guitar
Wow, thanks for the kind words. Here are some closer shots, please forgive me as this tablet camera is not the best. Image

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Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:22 pm
by Dr. Shrinker
You have some serious skills. I can barely put a kit together, but that is just amazing work.

I really like the body shape. It reminds me of the ship Nell in the "B" Roger corman movie Battle Beyond The Stars.

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Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:44 pm
by 67guitar
Thanks Dr Shrinker, I don't know about serious skills but I do try my best. You should see the ones I've screwed up along the way LOL. Making guitars is very tedious for sure and very unforgiving of mistakes. I am going to do a bolt plus down the road, sooooo much easier than building from scratch. Some of the bolt kits I've seen done here are fantastic, I think it great that these kits are available. Now that the production bolt plus is gone it even more incentive for me to get moving on that. :D

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:16 am
by apedrape
wow, really nice job! I like the body and headstock design. yeah, it usually takes 2 or 3 mess ups before you start getting the results you want. experience is the best way to learn guitar building. congrats and good luck with your bolt kit

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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 12:37 pm
by 67guitar
Thanks apedrape, I agree experience is the best teacher sometimes. Thanks for the kind words.

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Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:01 pm
by Wannabe
Awesome!
It is subtle, yet warm and balanced. The different woods flow well with a light contrast. Really nice job,

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:02 pm
by Doctor Doug
That lacewood looks super-cool!

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:44 pm
by 67guitar
Yeah, Lace wood is a pretty wood for sure. It's easy to work with, sounds similar to mahogany but it's got some weight to it. The back I used Spanish cedar which is a wood choice I would have never thought of using. I got that idea from a local builder near me who does some unbelievable work. It's super light and easy to work but it's grain is sort of plain but it does make for a nice sounding tonewood.

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:00 pm
by PastorDave
I really like that! :applause: where did you get the wood and how muck may I ask? I'm getting back into repair/refinishing guitars and that would make a great top on something that the top is shot on.
Again, great work!

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Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:38 pm
by 67guitar
Hey Pastor Dave, thanks for the kind words. The wood came from a hard wood supplier just north of me. They sell it all by the board foot. It's been quite a while since I bought anything as I usually by enough to keep me going for a while. If memory serves me well, the last time I was there I got a board of mahogany about 6 feet x 8 inches x 1 inch thick, a board of lace wood approximately the same dimensions and a pack of zebra wood in various sizes (6 pcs about 18inch x6 inch x 1/4 inch thick) . For all that I paid about $120. I used to get some wood from the wood craft store (woodworking chain store) but they since closed the location near me. Sometimes you can find good deals on ebay. You can get wood fairly reasonable if you shop around. You can get into major money when you start looking at highly figured woods like curly maple and spalted woods.

For finishing I really like tung oil and Tru oil. I've done some with nitro but I really like the feel of the graining in the wood. To me the guitar seems to resonate much more without a heavy finish on it, you can feel it when you play it. I only build for fun so it's not too often I'm looking to buy wood plus building one of these usually takes me several month as I will work on it in my spare time.

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Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:04 pm
by PastorDave
67guitar wrote:Hey Pastor Dave, thanks for the kind words. The wood came from a hard wood supplier just north of me. They sell it all by the board foot. It's been quite a while since I bought anything as I usually by enough to keep me going for a while. If memory serves me well, the last time I was there I got a board of mahogany about 6 feet x 8 inches x 1 inch thick, a board of lace wood approximately the same dimensions and a pack of zebra wood in various sizes (6 pcs about 18inch x6 inch x 1/4 inch thick) . For all that I paid about $120. I used to get some wood from the wood craft store (woodworking chain store) but they since closed the location near me. Sometimes you can find good deals on ebay. You can get wood fairly reasonable if you shop around. You can get into major money when you start looking at highly figured woods like curly maple and spalted woods.

For finishing I really like tung oil and Tru oil. I've done some with nitro but I really like the feel of the graining in the wood. To me the guitar seems to resonate much more without a heavy finish on it, you can feel it when you play it. I only build for fun so it's not too often I'm looking to buy wood plus building one of these usually takes me several month as I will work on it in my spare time.

Thanks for getting back fast! I'll do some looking around and I also use tung oil almost all the time for the same reasons.

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Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 4:09 pm
by skully13a
Hey 67guitar. I dig your guitar. 8) That's seriously nicely done. :applause: :applause: